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Sustainable Urban Stormwater Management Towards Achieving the New Urban Agenda for Sustainable Development

Author(s): Mohd Lotfy Mohd Noh, Mohd Radzman Othman, Norliza Hashim, Haslina Abu Hashim, Nor Azazi Zakaria, Chun Kiat Chang

Linked Author(s): Chun Kiat Chang

Keywords: SUDS, green township, urban stormwater management, control at source, treatment train

Abstract: The on-going Kwasa Damansara Township development (2332 acres) aspire to be the first township in Malaysia planned and designed as a sustainable green city. The key initiative towards sustainable development goal started from the initial planning of the township. Innovative and creative urban design are provided and green technologies had been applied as an intervention towards a sustainable township where its emphasis is on green connectivity and inclusiveness. In doing so, one of the initiatives was to formulate the long term solution for the flooding, drainage and stormwater related issues by sustainable urban stormwater management. An environmentally-friendly and sustainable urban drainage system (SUDS) which complies with the guidelines of Urban Stormwater Management Manual for Malaysia (MSMA) has been designed and implemented to protect the environment of the surrounding areas. The proposed SUDS is designed for both water quantity and quality controls. This has been embodied in the concept of ecologically sustainable solution to the flooding and pollution problems using the "control at source" and "treatment train" approach, as well as aimed at ensuring that development can occur without long-term degradation of natural resources and the environment. An Urban Design Guidelines Document (UDG) was prepared to guide the future development of the entire township on plot level. These include the on-site and community level stormwater management planning, design and construction. The UDG supports the vision and objectives of the new township development, which carries the promise of a sustainable community township that focuses on three key components: green township, connectivity and inclusivity. They provide recommendations to ensure quality urban design and the establishment of a planning framework that allows for the creation of a successful and sustainable community. SUDS emphasizes the importance of a holistic approach to environmental engineering, landscape architecture and cost effective management, making it unique in the field of stormwater management and innovative urban development


Year: 2017

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